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Images shown with optional Ortofon Quintet Blue MC phono cartridge.
Major in every aspect except its price, the C-Major is a brand new entry level offering from the European Audio Team (EAT) that will satisfy seasoned music lovers who require a high-value-for-money turntable. It's also the perfect solution for music lovers who are just discovering the delights of the vinyl LP as a great-sounding alternative to digital music files.
The C-Major stands out from the pack of other turntables in its price range by offering greater performance and sophistication than 'table that are usually available in the budget sector. It's price point is even lower than the highly affordable and widely-acclaimed C-Sharp, which is EAT's most successful turntable to date. In fact, it is the technology of C-Sharp that enabled the design wizards at EAT to develop the C-Major.
"In a Class By Itself"
"The EAT C-Major is a very serious turntables in its not too crowded price range," raves Germany's LP Magazine. "The drive and chassis are very good and the tonearm is in a class by itself."
"The EAT C-Major turntable is a very beautiful specimen of a subchassis player," notes Germany's i-fidelity.net. "Its compact design assures success, thanks to its attractive finish, carbon fiber and aluminum components, and even an included dust cover."
Similar Design to Higher Priced C-Sharp with Minor Changes
Pun intended, the differences between the C-Sharp and the C-Major are minor. All of these changes were incorporated to reduce costs and features, without compromising the performance.
To achieve the lower price, the C-Note tonearm on the C-Major is 9” in length (instead of 10” on the C-Sharp). Instead of the C-Sharp's electronic speed control, the C-Major uses an easy manual speed control method. Also, compared to the C-Sharp, the main chassis has a more compact footprint, the platter is smaller, and the platter clamp is smaller, too.
Super Flat and Highly Rigid
Carbon fiber and thermoplastic elastomer technology plus EAT's superior design expertise made the super-flat C-Major table possible. The low profile base chassis is made out of highest density MDF. On this base the ultra low-noise motor is mounted as well as damping feet constructed from energy-absorbing TPE (thermoplastic elastomers a high-tech, high energy absorbing damping material). The cone-shaped TPE columns support a sandwich subchassis constructed from layers of carbon fiber and MDF composite for ultimate rigidity.
The stiffness is important for the creation of a super rigid base for the tonearm/cartridge and bearing/platter assemblies for quiet, accurate tracking. Any rumble from the platter/bearing assembly is directed to the energy-absorbing TPE columns. Furthermore, these columns prevent unwanted energy from the motor as well as other surface vibration from entering the subchassis or tonearm and ultimately the phono cartridge.
The bearing is an oversized inverted design with an inert, resonance-free ceramic ball on top. Around the bearing EAT is a heavy mass point, which absorbs any energy around it. The stiff carbon subchassis helps to direct all vibration to this mass point, and these vibrations are transformed into harmless amounts of heat. The platter is constructed from a special alloy of very inert aluminum and it, too, is damped by TPE inserts. The belt is made from special anti-static rubber. It’s glued and then polished for best performance.
New Tonearm Design
The C-Major's tonearm combines all advantages of a unipivot arm with a Cardan design. The traditional Cardan bearing ensures high stability and ease of use with very low friction. Also inside the tonearm is a special silicon-based lubricant to damp the tonearm/cartridge resonances by more then 50 percent.
The arm tube is made out of carbon fiber, which is super stiff and rigid. The headshell is constructed from a special light and rigid aluminum, offering the advantages of carbon with the better inner damping of aluminum – plus the capability of precisely mounting high-end moving coil cartridges.
Optional Ortofon Quintet Blue Cartridge
Shipped complete with fitted dust cover, and offered in a specially-priced package with the Ortofon Quintet Blue MC moving coil phono cartridge, the C-Major will extract the best from your favorite vinyl LP. C-Major represents a blast from the past that just happens to also be the future of music enjoyment, too.
The Ortofon Quintet Blue is a very homogenous phono cartridge with a sound quality tending toward smoother reproduction compared to Quintet Red plus moderate dynamic strength compared to Quintet Bronze. It features a Nude Elliptical diamond mounted on an aluminum cantilever.
The Quintet Blue will bring more space, depth and detail into the sound and is a very good choice for any kind of music, especially rhythmic.
In Hi-fi Choice magazine, Andrew Simpson says of the Quintet Blue, "It offers the most comprehensive and enjoyable performance with all music, showing Ortofon has clearly hit upon another magic formula... It presents all the detail in the track with real dynamism … Its soundstage is expansive left to right… and it also possesses a greater talent for bringing instruments within it to life."
EAT C Major Turntable
"The EAT C-Major is a very serious turntables in its not too crowded price range… The drive and chassis are very good and the tonearm is in a class by itself."
Germany's LP Magazine
"The EAT C-Major turntable is a very beautiful specimen of a subchassis player. Its compact design assures success, thanks to its attractive finish, carbon fiber and aluminum components, and even an included dust cover."
Optional Ortofon Quintet Blue Cartridge
"It offers the most comprehensive and enjoyable performance with all music, showing Ortofon has clearly hit upon another magic formula... It presents all the detail in the track with real dynamism … Its soundstage is expansive left to right… and it also possesses a greater talent for bringing instruments within it to life."
- Andrew Simpson, Hi-fi Choice magazine, October 2014
|Write Your Own Review|
|Why Only Five Stars?|
I love getting the Audio Advisor catalog in my mail box. When I’m in the mood to try something new this catalog always has something interesting to offer me. Audio is my hobby and music is my passion. I love going to concerts, but love having a concert at home, too. Oh yeah, I’m supposed to writing a review. This turntable is fantastic and I can’t say enough great things about it. When I broke the stylus off my Thoren TD309 turntable - third time - I decided enough was enough and I called Audio Advisor for a new one. Sales guy Kaan helped me and he was terrific. He told me this turntable was designed by the wife of the owner of Pro-Ject Turntables and was an amazing deal. Now that I have it in my home I have to agree. The thing is like a piece of art in my home and sounds amazing. It’s much quieter than my Thorens and music has a solidity and accuracy of tone and detail that was somehow missing from my vinyl. The bass is deeper and tighter. My partner noticed and commented about that and she makes no claim to be an audio nut like me. I wish I could give this turntable ten stars but I’m limited to just five. Too bad, because it deserves more stars than that. Thanks to Kaan and all the staff at “Advisor because they were terrific to deal with.
|- Pearson J, CO|
I got this new EAT turntable based on the recommendation of a friend who knows the importer. I’ve been an audiophile for close to thirty years but have never owned a piece of equipment as nice as this one. If it were made by VPI or ClearAudio if would cost at least twice as much. It’s amazing and has breathed new life into my system - especially my vinyl. I find myself making trips into the city just to get new albums I can play on this machine. A couple of program notes... the table was super easy to set up. There’s nothing finicky like a spring suspension to mess with. I love the clamp that’s included. If it were made by VPI it would cost $250 - If by Linn well forget it! The tone arm also has amazing construction with a carbon fiber tube fitted with precision chrome metal parts on either end. Sold separately I’m sure it would cost $1500 or more. This package comes with a killer Ortofon cartridge. The table sounds dead-dead-dead quiet which lets the music emerge from a jet-black background in all its glory. I’m hearing micro-fine details on recordings that I never noticed before. LIke others have mentioned online the bass is the best I’ve heard in my system. I didn’t know vinyl could sound like this. OK, I’ll stop now. It’s awesome!
|- Chuck D, NY|
|GOOD - VERY GOOD STUFF|
This change was truly startling. The cliche that 'it's like hearing once familiar recordings as if for the first time' applies. On the Beatles' White Album reissue sounds vastly different and I have a new appreciation for Paul and John's work. Many of the sonic changes can be attributed to the superb Ortofon Quintet Blue cartridge, however, the total lack of LP noise, the music emerging from a totally black and silent background must be the result of GREAT turntable engineering. Plus, the thing just looks AMAZING on top of my rack - especially the tonearm which, alone, is worth the price of admission. GOOD - No VERY GOOD STUFF.
|- Vassar D, IN|
|Very Happy with my purchase|
This is a tremendous turntable that is manufactured in the same factory in the Czech Republic as Pro-Ject. It is also a tremendous value, with a highly regarded tonearm and a Ortofon phono cartridge that retails for $525 on its own. Set-up was simple, the machine is elegant and ruggedly built, it's just a really great package at an amazing price. In my opinion this turntable is on par with several $3,000 machines made by VPI and slugs at the level of the Rega RP8 owned by a friend. It's that good. I've gained experience with turntables over the last year and am very happy to say that I will not be seeking to upgrade from this turntable.
|- Philip E, NJ|
I've owned this TT for almost a year now, and its awesome. Extremely well made, excellent sound quality, looks very cool. The included cartridge is fantastic. You will be hard-pressed to find a better deal that sounds better than this, and it outperforms many turntables costing 2-3 times as much. This table is actually made in the same factory that makes the high-end Pro-ject turntables, which are some of the best high end turntables values in the world. I think if it were made somewhere else the price would double or triple.
|- Ray E, NC|